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1980-81 Cleveland Cavaliers Transactions

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Record: 28-54, Finished 5th in NBA Central Division (Schedule and Results)
Coach: Bill Musselman (25-46), Don Delaney (3-8)

PTS/G: 105.7 (17th of 23) ▪ Opp PTS/G: 110.6 (20th of 23)
SRS: -4.15 (19th of 23) ▪ Pace: 100.8 (15th of 23)
Off Rtg: 104.3 (16th of 23) ▪ Def Rtg: 109.1 (19th of 23)
Expected W-L: 29-53 (19th of 23)

Arena: Coliseum at Richfield ▪ Attendance: 224,499 (23rd of 23)

Transactions listed are from July 1, 1980 to June 30, 1981.
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August 13, 1980

Signed Walter Jordan as a free agent.

September 16, 1980

Traded a 1984 1st round draft pick (Sam Perkins was later selected) to the Dallas Mavericks for Mike Bratz.

September 24, 1980

Traded Foots Walker to the New Jersey Nets for Roger Phegley.

September 25, 1980

As part of a 3-team trade, the Cleveland Cavaliers traded Campy Russell to the New York Knicks; the Kansas City Kings traded Bill Robinzine to the Cleveland Cavaliers; and the New York Knicks traded Joe Meriweather and a 1981 1st round draft pick (Steve Johnson was later selected) to the Kansas City Kings.

October 1, 1980

Signed Robert Smith as a free agent.

October 14, 1980

Waived Robert Smith.

October 30, 1980

Traded Bill Robinzine, a 1983 1st round draft pick (Derek Harper was later selected) and a 1986 1st round draft pick (Roy Tarpley was later selected) to the Dallas Mavericks for Richard Washington and Jerome Whitehead.

October 31, 1980

Traded Dave Robisch to the Denver Nuggets for Kim Hughes, a 1981 3rd round draft pick (Mickey Dillard was later selected) and a 1982 2nd round draft pick (Guy Morgan was later selected).

November 17, 1980

Waived Jerome Whitehead.

November 27, 1980

Received a 1981 3rd round draft pick (Russell Bowers was later selected) as compensation for the Houston Rockets signing Bill Willoughby as a veteran free agent.

December 19, 1980

Signed Mack Calvin as a veteran free agent.

Waived John Lambert.

February 7, 1981

Traded Chad Kinch and a 1985 1st round draft pick (Detlef Schrempf was later selected) to the Dallas Mavericks for Geoff Huston and a 1983 3rd round draft pick (Larry Anderson was later selected).

May 5, 1981

Signed Lee Johnson as a free agent.

May 20, 1981

Traded Randy Smith to the New York Knicks for a 1981 1st round draft pick (Kevin Loder was later selected).

May 25, 1981

Signed James Edwards as a veteran free agent and sent a 1981 2nd round draft pick (Ray Blume was later selected) and a 1982 2nd round draft pick (Guy Morgan was later selected) to the Indiana Pacers as compensation.

June 8, 1981

Signed Scott Wedman as a veteran free agent and sent a 1981 1st round draft pick (Kevin Loder was later selected) to the Kansas City Kings as compensation.

June 9, 1981

Drafted Mickey Dillard in the 3rd round (55th pick) of the 1981 NBA Draft.

Drafted Russell Bowers in the 3rd round (59th pick) of the 1981 NBA Draft.

Drafted Ethan Martin in the 4th round (74th pick) of the 1981 NBA Draft.

Drafted Ken Page in the 5th round (96th pick) of the 1981 NBA Draft.

Drafted Aaron Strayhorn in the 6th round (120th pick) of the 1981 NBA Draft.

Drafted Andre Smith in the 7th round (142nd pick) of the 1981 NBA Draft.

Drafted Glen Marcus in the 8th round (166th pick) of the 1981 NBA Draft.

Drafted Paul Roba in the 9th round (187th pick) of the 1981 NBA Draft.

Drafted Greg Boone in the 10th round (208th pick) of the 1981 NBA Draft.

June 16, 1981

Traded a 1982 2nd round draft pick (Oliver Robinson was later selected) to the San Antonio Spurs for James Silas and Rich Yonakor.

June 20, 1981

Signed Bob Wilkerson as a veteran free agent.